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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Chair-ity Project on: June 10, 2017 10:01:27 PM
I haven't been on for a while or crafting much lately but I thought I would share this fun project.  The chair was raffled to raise money for the local library.  The book I used was "Exploring Elizabethan Embroidery" by Dorothy Clarke and designs by Stephanie Powell.  It was a lot of fun to make and the needle weaving was very easy and fast.  I'm planning to make another chair next year using another book in the Elizabethan Embroidery series.

Finished chair.

Closeup of chair seat.

Closeup and how I worked the chair seat at my blog.

Thanks for looking and I appreciate any remarks and suggestions.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: fall/Autumn hoopla on: November 12, 2014 10:12:56 AM
I love this so much!  It is my first collected hoopla!  Thanks again!

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!- Gallery on: November 01, 2014 08:35:29 AM
Yesterday I receive two beautiful patches from elderflower.  The first was for "Hobbit" theme and was a wonderful surprise.  A embroidered Smaug with his hoard!

I got out my copy of the Hobbit and found Tolkien's drawing and knew I was right!  This is my second patch in the Hobbit theme and so I'm so happy.  

A little closer look at Smaug.  The beading of his hoard would tempt any dragon !  I love the fabric it is subdued almost like the dragons breath has caused a fog.

The second patch is of a kitten which elderflower crocheted with such tiny thread.  Filet crochet is not easy to achieve and her stitches are impressively even.  Maybe if I ever get to that part of the world I can meet her and get a lesson.

The kitten is so sweet and the little ribbon a nice touch.

The kit elderflower sent was over the top!  Here are some pictures.

She sent some crocheted kittens, purple ribbon and hand dyed threads in lovely purples.  I have been wanting some hand dyed threads from South Africa for a long time!  Thank you!

She also sent some lovely fabric pieces including a lovely black velvet and some stones.  I think they are amazonite and amethyst.  Also included was some stuffing and she put it in a plastic case from Air Zimbabwe.  I love collecting containers like this, Thank you again for all the thought and work you put into such a lovely swap.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Fall themed hoopla on: October 26, 2014 01:10:55 PM
In the recent hoopla swap I made my first hoopla.  Taking a water color my mom painted, I scanned and print a portion onto fabric.  Then using a technique called opus plumarium, stitched on large leaf leaving the rest plain.  I thought that the contrast of the flat background and the stitched DMC thread leaf came out beautifully.  I will definitely try this technique again.

Thanks for looking.

5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3! SU:CLOSED; SO: Nov. 3, 2014 on: October 23, 2014 10:48:30 AM
Hi!  I'm still alive but just!  I've been down for three weeks and the doctors finally stopped doing tests.  Barium!  It has been hard to keep up with everything but I finally had an idea for TM swap patches!  So when I finish making 31 things for an October advent project I will be free again!  Actually I am very excited with the topics my partner picked.  Definitely a challenge!  Then I can get back to making TM patches for an Edgar Alan Poe tote.  Seriously need to cut down on the number of projects I've started!

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 12 - SEASONS - Gallery on: October 16, 2014 10:58:08 AM
I received a wonderful Fall Hoopla from pinkmichk.  Beautiful stitching and my favorite Fall activities combined to make a wonderfully personalized hoop.  I absolutely love it, thanks pinkmichk!  Beware, lots of pictures.

Over all image of hoop.

Oven with mitt.



Apple tree in the back yard!

Thanks for a great swap!  Thank you Homerof2 for hosting!

7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 12 - SEASONS - send by Oct 15/14 on: October 16, 2014 10:16:05 AM
We should've called this round Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 12-PROCRASTINATORS. LOL! We're terrible. I am completely finished now and will have it in the mail tomorrow :)

My problem is I always forget the custom form!  This time I will get some extras so my boyfriend doesn't have to come back with one to fill out!  Either that or stop swapping with crafters in other countries.

8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 12 - SEASONS - send by Oct 15/14 on: October 15, 2014 03:34:09 PM
Missed the post but will mail tomorrow 10/16/2014!

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT October Holidays 6 GALLERY on: October 15, 2014 10:21:25 AM
I received my OTT from Calabaza yesterday.  At first I didn't even see the box on the porch it was so small!  She sent me a lovely pumpkin ornament.  The pumpkin was made by wrapping thread through a bead and was very well done!  She placed it on a spool decorated with homespun yarn and seed beads.  Thank you Calabaza for a very sweet ornament.

Thank you all, especially irid3sc3nt for hosting this fun swap!

10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Lexophiles Unite! swap gallery on: October 10, 2014 09:08:04 AM
First I owe Crazyda79 an apology for not posting the cute magnet she sent with the other goodies.  I have been completely brain dead lately and I'm so sorry to keep you waiting.

I wanted to say thank you again for everything!  I loved swapping with you!

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